June 6th, 2017.

It was a fly fishing day for forty four Georgetown Primary 4 pupils at Drum Loch today, unfortunately the weather had other ideas how that would pan out.

Not to be deterred by a bit of damp and draughty weather we decided to do the first half of the day in the school and the other half at Drum loch in the afternoon.

Derek and myself talked about the fish and how to get a weightless fly out across the water.

Debbie and Chris did a quiz on fishing, the tides and the environment with the Flounder catching game.

The 44 young potential anglers were then split into four teams for a fly casting competition.

The casting was good and the competition fierce!

Out on the loch in the afternoon, the weather did not improve. Debbie did some invertebrate sampling with groups while Jim, Davie, Chris, Derek and myself took groups fly fishing. The wind was wild and the water coloured from the heavy rain, we were on a hiding to nothing.

But what a day, not one youngster (or teacher) complained about the weather, everyone behaved impeccably, all had some fun, do they want to try that again? You bet they do!

A very big thank you to Debbie, Jim and Davie at the Nith Catchment Fishery Trust  and for the use of the very well maintained Drum Loch from Dumfries and Galloway Angling Association.